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Estate chief in 'shared-risks' contracts shake-up call

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A contract should be developed that gives all participants in a building project a financial interest in its operational effectiveness for two years after its completion, the manager of one of the country's leading educational estates has proposed.

David Adamson, director of estates at the University of Cambridge, argued at the Edge Debate 'Right First Time' that 'everybody in the supply chain should take a financial risk in the operational effectiveness for two years after occupation'. Since this would have serious contractual implications, he felt that 'somebody should fund some research to develop such a contract'.

This followed a presentation from Mark Way, head of RMJM, explaining the value of a 'soft landing' where the architect had a team in the building for six months after completion, to deal with users' complaints and concerns.

Having done this on a major building, he said, 'I learnt a lot - things that you couldn't have guessed during the briefing process.'

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